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Golic to continue football career at Cincinnati

May 23, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

Jake Golic

Jake Golic‘s football career isn’t over. The reserve tight end will spend his final season of eligibility at Cincinnati, exercising his ability to transfer and play immediately after graduating from Notre Dame last week with a degree in graphic design.

Golic appeared in just five games during his four seasons in South Bend, battling injuries and a depth chart that saw the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder fail to record a catch during his Notre Dame career. While seldom-used reserves Nick Tausch and Tyler Stockton are returning for a fifth season, there never seemed to be any plan for Golic to return.

Golic made the announcement that he’ll play next season at Cincinnati via Twitter:

“Can’t thank the ND family enough for all the love and support over the last 4 years at ND. You have made it a pleasure to be Irish! With that being said, I am incredibly excited about the opportunity of attending the University of Cincinnati and being a Bearcat!”

Joining former Irish quarterback Gunner Kiel at Brian Kelly’s old stomping grounds, Golic will get a shot at playing time in first-year coach Tommy Tuberville’s offense. It’ll be interesting to see if Golic can get off the sidelines at Cincinnati, after spending the past four seasons primarily watching the Irish.

Golic’s career at Notre Dame was an interesting one. While his older brother Mike bloomed late and became a starter during his fifth year, Jake didn’t have that opportunity, especially playing behind top draft picks Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert. But with scholarship offers to only Notre Dame and UConn, the ceiling for Golic was always a question.

Golic will enter a wide open tight end race with former Bearcat Travis Kelce heading to the Kansas City Chiefs with the 63rd overall pick. He’ll battle Blake Annen and D.J. Dowdy for playing time in new offensive coordinator Eddie Gran’s system.

  1. 9irish - May 23, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    well, that’s cool. I think we have some farm/trading system going on with UC. Good for him.

  2. dudeacow - May 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Last year’s ND 5th year senior beneficiary was Kansas, now it’s Cincinnati. Good luck, Jake, I hope you’re able to make an impact on the Bearcat team. At the very least you can run the scout team with Gunner.

  3. bearcatirishfan - May 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I guess it’s a good year to have my particular screen name. Good luck. The design art architecture and planning college at UC is great where I got my undergrad

  4. bernhtp - May 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I hope Jake finds some playing time in Cincy. He appears to be a great guy that deserves to chase his dream one last time.

    Jake had the misfortune of not being terrifically talented to begin with (a two-star who wouldn’t have been recruited by ND if not for the Golic name), several bad injuries, and a position with tremendous talent and depth. He never stood a chance at ND. With that said, he got a full ride through one of the world’s great universities and got to participate on the most storied football program in the nation that included an NC game. Wow! Despite making an appearance in only a few games, let alone catching that game-changing pass, I’m sure Jake had the time of his life. His photo in the gold and blue will certainly adorn his future office.

    Good luck, Jake!

    • fentocamarillo - May 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Not only adorn his office, but all his SEC, Big 10, Big 12 ,MAC, WAC and every other conference underlings can see it every day from their open air cubicle…and before you ask, “Yes” group that does include Nudeman…only he will be calling TR by his real name, “BOSS.”

  5. tsombanj - May 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Why is this even a story? We haven’t heard this kid’s name since he signed his national letter of intent.

    • 1historian - May 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      It’s a story for the simple reason that it shows that when you sign a LOI at Notre Dame and hang in there – even though you get little to no playing time – you get a NOTRE DAME DEGREE and if you think that a Florida State degree or an LSU degree or an Alabama degree goes anywhere near as far as a Notre Dame degree – you are mistaken.

  6. catpowered - May 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Good luck Jake.

    • 1historian - May 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM


  7. goodfellas17 - May 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    ND fans wish him all the best! Golic family is class act!

  8. loadofwash - May 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    This is a who care’s story if there ever was one…what’s Jodi up too?

  9. loadofwash - May 26, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Since when does a ND degree amount to anything? The alum is a joke.

  10. mungman69 - May 26, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I don’t like the way that this Notre Dame football program is headed. Look, we made the national championship game last season but it looks like the school doesn’t have the slightest idea how to handle that success and move to improve this team.

  11. loadofwash - May 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    They shouldn’t have been in that game. According to the experts, ND would have been an underdog to every team in the top 10. It SHOWED. Time to get real. Irrelevant program. It’s a Midwest version of Villanova, no more, no less.

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